Swimming at the Summer Paralympics

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Swimming at the Summer Paralympics
Swimming pictogram (Paralympics).svg
Governing body IPC
Events 147 (men: 82; women: 65)
Games


Swimming has been contested at every Summer Paralympics. At the first games, the 1960 Paralympics, 62 swimming events were held in distances of 25 and 50 metres, plus a 3×50 metre relay for men. Since then, swimming at the Paralympics has grown to 140 events covering distances from 50 to 400 metres, plus 4×50 and 4×100 metre relays. Along with track and field athletics, it is one of the largest sports at the Paralympics in terms of the number of events, competitors, and spectators.

As with most Paralympic sports, athletes are classified according to the type and extent of their disability.

The International Paralympic Committee recognizes the fastest times swam at the games as Paralympic records.

Medal table[edit]

Updated to 2016 Summer Paralympics. Countries in italics are former countries who participated in the Paralympic Games.

Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  United States (USA) 269 204 214 687
2  Great Britain (GBR) 222 246 220 688
3  Netherlands (NED) 181 127 109 417
4  Canada (CAN) 162 122 121 405
5  Australia (AUS) 125 154 153 432
6  France (FRA) 120 105 105 330
7  China (CHN) 119 103 87 309
8  Poland (POL) 117 115 85 317
9  Spain (ESP) 108 116 113 327
10  Sweden (SWE) 106 114 75 295
11  West Germany (FRG) 76 67 58 201
12  Norway (NOR) 72 51 40 163
13  Ukraine (UKR) 69 62 69 200
14  Germany (GER) 59 73 58 190
15  Israel (ISR) 55 57 49 161
16  Italy (ITA) 38 49 46 133
17  Japan (JPN) 38 23 38 99
18  Denmark (DEN) 37 37 65 139
19  South Africa (RSA) 34 25 27 86
20  Russia (RUS) 33 26 33 92
21  New Zealand (NZL) 29 20 14 63
22  Mexico (MEX) 25 16 22 63
23  Brazil (BRA) 23 30 32 85
24  Hungary (HUN) 22 23 33 78
25  Belarus (BLR) 21 11 6 38
26  Austria (AUT) 19 13 17 49
27  Iceland (ISL) 14 8 17 39
28  Argentina (ARG) 13 22 22 57
29  Czech Republic (CZE) 13 5 16 34
30  Rhodesia (RHO) 12 13 11 36
31  Greece (GRE) 10 17 11 38
32  Ireland (IRL) 10 9 9 28
33  Finland (FIN) 7 17 24 48
34  South Korea (KOR) 7 2 5 14
35  Belgium (BEL) 6 16 15 37
36  Jamaica (JAM) 5 6 3 14
37  Unified Team (EUN) 4 3 7 14
38  Yugoslavia (YUG) 3 5 9 17
39  Singapore (SIN) 3 1 1 5
40  Switzerland (SUI) 2 9 7 18
41  Colombia (COL) 2 5 3 10
41  Estonia (EST) 2 5 2 9
42  Uzbekistan (UZB) 2 4 6 12
43  Slovakia (SVK) 2 2 1 5
44  Peru (PER) 2 1 3 6
45  Cyprus (CYP) 2 1 1 4
46  Faroe Islands (FRO) 1 7 5 13
47  Azerbaijan (AZE) 1 7 0 8
48  Egypt (EGY) 1 3 6 10
49  Thailand (THA) 1 3 4 8
50  Cuba (CUB) 1 2 2 5
51  Luxembourg (LUX) 1 2 0 3
52  Independent Paralympic Participants (IPP) 1 1 0 2
53  Hong Kong (HKG) 1 0 3 4
54  India (IND) 1 0 0 1
 Kazakhstan (KAZ) 1 0 0 1
 Kenya (KEN) 1 0 0 1
57  Soviet Union (URS) 0 11 9 20
58  Portugal (POR) 0 3 6 9
59  Zimbabwe (ZIM) 0 2 3 5
60  Kuwait (KUW) 0 1 2 3
61  Czechoslovakia (TCH) 0 1 1 2
62  Bulgaria (BUL) 0 1 0 1
 Lithuania (LTU) 0 1 0 1
 Vietnam (VIE) 0 1 0 1
65  Croatia (CRO) 0 0 4 4
66  Slovenia (SLO) 0 0 2 2
67  Bahamas (BAH) 0 0 1 1
 Morocco (MAR) 0 0 1 1
 Trinidad and Tobago (TTO) 0 0 1 1

Multiple Paralympic swimming medalists[edit]

This table is updated to the 2012 Paralympics.

Australian swimmer Priya Cooper acknowledges the crowd after another winning performance in the S8 class at the 1996 Atlanta Paralympic Games
Athlete Nation Years active Class(es) Gold Silver Bronze Total
Zorn, TrischaTrischa Zorn  United States 1980 - 2004 B1, B2, B3 41 9 4 54
Freney, JacquelineJacqueline Freney  Australia 2008 - 2012 SM7, S7, S8, 34pts 8 0 3 11
Narita, MayumiMayumi Narita  Japan 1996 - 2004 SM4, S4, SB3, 20pts 15 3 2 20
Edgson, MichaelMichael Edgson  Canada 1984 - 1992 B3 18 0 0 18
Scott, ElizabethElizabeth Scott  United States 1992 - 2000 B3? 10 2 5 17
Hess, BéatriceBéatrice Hess  France 1984 - 2004 S5 20 5 0 25
Popovich, ErinErin Popovich  United States 2000 - 2008 S6, S7 14 5 0 19
Bergman, UriUri Bergman  Israel 1976 - 1988  ? 11 0 1 12
Hengst, ClaudiaClaudia Hengst  West Germany 1988 - 2004 L6, SM10 13 4 8 25
Paton, SiobhanSiobhan Paton  Australia 2000 S14 6 0 0 6
Kenny, MikeMike Kenny  Great Britain 1976 - 1988 1A, 1C 16 2 0 18
Cowdrey, MatthewMatthew Cowdrey  Australia 2004 - 2012 S9 13 7 3 23
Dixon, StephanieStephanie Dixon  Canada 2000 - 2008 S9 7 8 2 17
Cooper, PriyaPriya Cooper  Australia 1992 - 2000 S8 9 3 4 16
du Toit, NatalieNatalie du Toit  South Africa 2004 - 2012 S9 13 2 0 15
Trondsen, ErlingErling Trondsen  Norway 1976 - 1992  ? 13  ?  ? 20
Dias, DanielDaniel Dias  Brazil 2008 - 2012 S5 10 4 1 15
Roberts, DavidDavid Roberts  Great Britain 2000 - 2008 S7 11 4 1 16
Holmes, ChristopherChristopher Holmes  Great Britain 1988 - 2000 S12? 9 5 1 15

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